The works that bring about phenomena, the phenomena which make us feel invisible things

Installation View, Shimizu Jio ‘window’, 2019 ©️Shimizu Jio
Courtesy of Misa Shin Gallery

At Misa Shin Gallery in Tokyo, a Japanese Artist Shimizu Jio’s solo exhibition “window” is now held. Shimizu Jio born in 1966 currently based in Hiroshima and Saitama and the exhibition is his third solo show represented by Misa Shin Gallery.

Shimizu is based on experimental works which are to find the relationships between art and natural science. His works create phenomena which are composed by elements such as sounds, motion, light and vibration.

Installation View, Shimizu Jio ‘Window’, 2019 ©️Shimizu Jio
Courtesy of Misa Shin Gallery

Among the several works, the exhibition is focused on one of Shimizu’s work “window”. “window” was made of the principle of big data. Two monitors keep update and shows Twitter feeds in real time one is shows tweets of “light” and the other one shows feeds of “darkness”. When a tweet containing the words “light” or “darkness” wrote in seven languages comes up, two light emitting panels flicker. Which panel would you expect to see more the flicker of light? Which language would you expect to see more frequently on the monitors? What is the reason you think so? Before you see the work, asking yourself and making your own hypothesis will make you feel the exhibition more pleasantly.

The Garden of Earthly Delights in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, c. 1495–1505,
©️ Hieronymus Bosch
Courtesy of Museo del Prado in Madrid

In practical part, “window” based on big data and Tweeter yet the work was also influenced by Hieronymus Bosch’s work “The Garden of Earthly Delights” which is a triptych described heaven and hell in between the human world. As the way of “The Garden of Earthly Delights” shows, you may notice the left side of “window” links to “light” and the right means “darkness” as the hell while suggesting a center as a void corresponding to a monitored foolish human world.

Installation View, Shimizu Jio ‘Window’, 2019 ©️Shimizu Jio
Courtesy of Misa Shin Gallery

Along with “window”, Shimizu also present “decay music” a collaborated work with Iida Hiroyuki. “decay music” a mixed media installation work detecting radioactivity in a place and converting it into twelve musical tones and eventually it automatically performs music. “decay music” uses a scintillator set up indoors and detects gamma ray radiation. Accordingly, it plays tones of radiation emitted in Misa Shin Gallery during the exhibition. Although the artist hasn’t yet played “decay music” in a highly radioactive places such as Fukushima, Chernobyl and etc., of course it will play a high note in such cities due to high energy. In terms of that the work has a possibility of creating various sounds in accordance with the amount of radiation, it is expected to see “decay music” in the next spot soon somewhere.

With those time-based art works, the phenomena occur. It is not about converting invisible things into visible things. We are able to feel invisible things from the phenomena which the works bring about. “window” by Shimizu Jio the exhibition has been started from June 28th and will be until August 10th, 2019 at Misa Shin Gallery.

Article written by Jeongeun Jo
Jeongeun Jo is from Korea now living in Japan. She is one of the member of TRiCERA who graduated from Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA/ Geidai). She is also working as an artist herself .


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